Minnesota Wild: Wild trade Powe, Palmieri for Rupp
In an early season shake-up the Minnesota Wild have traded forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri to the New York Rangers in exchange for veteran winger Mike Rupp.
Powe, a 27 year old in his second year with the Wild, had yet to register a point this season while playing on the fourth line. Palmieri was acquired in the Marek Zidlicky trade last season from the Devils. He posted 6 points in 13 games with Houston of the AHL this season, but has fallen by the wayside in an organization stacked with young talent.
Palmieri, a former first round pick, is on to his third franchise at the tender age of 23.
In Rupp, the Wild receive a gritty veteran with playoff pedigree. He played sparingly as a rookie for the championship Devils of 2003. Since then, he has reached the postseason six more times with three different teams.
Rupp hits, blocks shots, kills penalties, and fights. He certainly won't be counted on for scoring, but as evidenced in last year's Winter Classic he can chip in a goal or two.
In hockey speak, the 33 year old ex-Ranger is a "lockerroom guy" well liked by teammates, coaches, and fans alike.
He'll be relied on to ease the aforementioned young talent into the NHL. Minnesota is his sixth stop in a ten year career.